Olympus released a 7 megapixel and an 8 megapixel version of its SP compact digital camera line. Today, thanks to dpreview.com, we have a review of the 7 megapixel version — the Olympus SP-310. What did dpreview.com think of tjos point and shoot with 3x optical zoom?


  • Bright, vivid and sharp results
  • Low noise at low ISO settings, still fairly low at ISO 400
  • Comprehensive photographic controls
  • Rugged, lightweight construction and excellent handling
  • Lots of scene/subject modes
  • Huge range of advanced features including in-camera raw editing
  • Highly customizable: menu customization, shortcut button, ‘MyModes’
  • Large, clear screen
  • Very little purple fringing
  • Good ‘super macro’ mode
  • Good flash exposures
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent value for money


  • Images a touch over-sharpened
  • Occasional white balance problems in scenes with one predominant color
  • Some smearing of low contrast detail (such as foliage and hair) – no worse than most competitors
  • Mild exposure problems in high contrast / bright scenes
  • Slow flash recycling
  • Writing to xD picture card slow
  • Raw mode has 10 second shot-to-shot time
  • Focus can be slow in low light

Conclusion: It’s the ideal ‘first camera’ for someone wanting to learn the craft of photography, yet has enough subject/scene modes to keep even the most adventurous ‘point and shoot’ user happy. Of course buying a camera at the low end of the price scale is always going to bring compromise – in the case of the SP-310 it’s that some aspects of operation are on the slow side, especially card writing and flash recycling.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."